Current when I choose a photo to be set as wallpaper, my lock screen's background is automatically changed to be this new one.

I want the lockscreen to keep its old background, how can I do that?


I'm using Google Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

  • What version of Android are you using? Android 4.0.4 and above should let you change both separatelly.
    – Peter
    Feb 26 '13 at 8:52
  • My Android version is 4.1.1
    – Nam G VU
    Feb 27 '13 at 5:06
  • Indeed I have googled and see other users can have the option to set so but on my phone, I cannot find that
    – Nam G VU
    Feb 27 '13 at 5:08

Although I am on another device with another android version (HTC Desire HD / ROM: JellyTime R9, Android 4.2.2) I think the problem may be the same.

In the Gallery app I can only set the images as background. But I can set a different lock screen background image in system settings. I think this option depends on the specific Launcher/Lockscreen you use and are also valid in stock roms. I am using NovaLauncher and I can only set a different lockscreen image that way as far as I know.

Look in Settings → UI → Lock screen → Background → Custom image (maybe different wording — I only have the German version here).


This is what you need to do, supposing you're on a stock ROM:

  1. Open your Gallery app.
  2. Select the image you want to set as background.
  3. Hit Menu and you should see an option Set as, click on it.
  4. You should end with several options in which you can find Home screen, Lock screen and Home and lock screens.
  5. Select the option you want to set your wallpaper to.

Screenshot of Set as menu

If you have a custom ROM, you should check the forums of that ROM to see if its supports this.

  • Sorry Peter, on my phone, after selecting the image in Gallery, I only have options: 1-set as wallpaper, 2-set as contact. No option for lock screen indeed.
    – Nam G VU
    Feb 27 '13 at 17:52
  • Do you have a stock ROM or are you using a custom ROM (Cyanogenmod for example)?
    – Peter
    Feb 28 '13 at 8:31
  • I use the original phone without making anything changed related to the ROM as you call it
    – Nam G VU
    Feb 28 '13 at 17:07

You can't do that. But what you can do is download a third party locker such as GO Locker.

  • On Android 4.1.1 you can set a different wallpaper without 3rd party apps.
    – Peter
    Feb 27 '13 at 9:00
  • How would GoLocker help me?
    – Nam G VU
    Feb 27 '13 at 17:54

I had a bit of trouble setting the lock screen pic. I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace Q i827 (Appeal in the U.S.) & I had to first find a pic I wanted, then I had to hit the menu button a couple of times to find the 'set as' button. At first I only hit it once, & no 'save as' button appeared. But after hitting it again, it popped up. After clicking on the 'set as', I had the option of selecting the lock screen or wallpaper. This is for gingerbread 2.3.6.

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